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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

March 11, 1864

Fiance Wrote Soldier, Sad to Not See Him

A Georgia woman wrote to her fiance in Virginia, sad that he could not get a furlough to come see her, and relating some other sad news from home. She also repeated a rumor she had heard about the army in Tennessee, which turned out to be false.

“…Having despaired of seeing you soon, I will no longer delay writing. If you are disappointed in your expectations, I shall be very sorry. You will not be the only one sadly disappointed I assure you. I would like much to see you. This morning I attended the burial of Parson Aldridge. He died the 9th after a linger illness of three weeks. His demise is much lamented by this vicinity. He was buried with Masonic honors, over at the church. I think there were nearly three hundred people present. Within the last month, death has visited many families in this neighborhood. Dr. Cross has been very sick for a length of time, and now, as he is recovering, the news has come that his son Andrew (who has been a prisoner for eight months in Ohio) is dead. It really seems that he cannot survive this affliction. You doubtless recollect him, he was quite a possessing young man when he left; but death is no respector of persons. Therefore how important it is for us all to prepare for it, while we are in the enjoyment of good health and surrounded with many, many blessings, how apt —- we are to forget the God that bless assured how unthankful we are. Consequently sickness & death, are sent upon us to remind us that this earthly home is not our abiding place, but that we should ‘seek a place in heaven.’ … It is thought by some, Longstreet intends making a raid in Ky. I hope Jack will get home before that is done. In this there shall be a great effort made —- as can to bring this war to a close …” Source: Clyde G. Wiggins III (ed.), My Dear Friend: The Civil War Letters of Alva Benjamin Spencer, 3rd Georgia Regiment, Company C (Macon, Mercer University Press, 2007), pp. 94-95.